Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan

It’s around 18 months since I completed another book on North Korea – Nothing to Envy. I bought this around the same time. It’s one of the most famous accounts from anyone who lived inside the country and spent time at one of the many notorious gulags. Kang Chol-Hwan was just a boy when hisContinue reading “Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan”

Book Review: Germania By Simon Winder

I consider myself very interested in international cultures, particularly those of the continent. I’ve only visited Germany twice but have enjoyed both trips. On both occasions, I was struck by the countryside and the magical architecture of the towns I visited. I’m also a big Germanchristmasmarketaphile (it’s not a word, but I can make oneContinue reading “Book Review: Germania By Simon Winder”

Book Review: Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey

Who has heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident? I had not long before buying this book some time in 2014. I was fascinated by the strange yet tragic events of the case enough to want to buy this book. Despite the author admitting that not much evidence exists due to the secretive nature of theContinue reading “Book Review: Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey”

Book Review: SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable by Bruce M. Hood

I have read many books on the supernatural – typically from a debunking perspective or a process of psychological evolution. Books like Paranormality by Richard Wiseman really get to the nub of supernatural belief how rituals and religions can develop from human creativity and self-awareness as a result of our intellectual evolution. Few deal withContinue reading “Book Review: SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable by Bruce M. Hood”

Book Review: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

Ever wondered where certain words, terms and common phrases came from? Such trends as “playing chicken”, “gene pool”, “turn up for the books” and even “avocado”? You’d be surprised at some of them and shocked when you find that the latter came about because of a comparison with male genitalia in the language of theContinue reading “Book Review: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth”

Snippet Sunday 1/6/14: “The Day I…”

Snippet Sunday, my regular feature has been going for a few months now and most of the time I can relate my flash fiction to the Daily Prompt. It has been mostly fiction though aside from my short piece following the Bristol 10K. Today’s is to post a photograph (which I have put as the┬ábannerContinue reading “Snippet Sunday 1/6/14: “The Day I…””

Book Review: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

The Hitch died two years ago last month and this memoir was re-released a year after its initial release with a new foreword. In the twilight of his years in view of the fact of the foreknowledge of his mortality, he found it prudent to comment on his impending doom and the black humour ofContinue reading “Book Review: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens”